Travis Beck

Integrating ecology and design


Grounded Design names Principles of Ecological Landscape Design "the most important landscape book since McHarg's Design with Nature.Full review

In ASLA's The Dirt James Royce writes that Principles provides "a solid foundation for designers to broaden their understanding of the ecological principles in nature that can be factored into landscape design."  Full review

"Stunning. . . a deeply optimistic book," says James Golden at View from Federal Twist .

The Metropolitan Field Guide calls Principles a "must-have for anyone connected to creating landscapes."  Full review


Peter Bane, editor of the Permaculture Activist , writes, "This admirable book has many virtues and few flaws."

Recent and upcoming events

October 24, 2014

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden | Richmond, VA

Principles of Ecological Design: Adapting the Science


November 24, 2014

ASLA Annual Meeting | Denver, CO

Designed Ecology: The Art & Science of Designing Meadows, Grasslands & Woodlands

Native Planting in Public Gardens: Ecological Soundness & Experiential Richness


February 21, 2015

Wild Ones Design with Nature Conference | Minneapolis, MN

Designing Successional Plant Communities


March 19, 2015

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center | Austin, TX

Designing with Native Plants


May 5, 2015

University of Delaware Botanic Gardens | Newark, DE

Designing Resilient Plantings